The perfect Mother's Day breakfast in bed

May 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Chef Domenica Catelli, author of Mom-a-licious, shares the perfect ingredients for breakfast-in-bed on Mother's Day.

Tips for the perfect breakfast-in-bed, from Domenica Catelli:

  • Safety first: Always have an adult supervising when kids are cooking in the kitchen.
  • Personalize the tray with homemade cards and notes.
  • Accessorize your tray with fresh potted herbs, which the guest can keep as a gift. Have your kids paint the pots for a unique touch.
  • Remember the food should travel well, so don't make anything too "sloshy."
  • To make egg dishes fluff up nicely, add Greek yogurt.
  • Use agave nectar instead of honey in teas and desserts. It's lower on the glycemic index, so it won't spike your blood sugar.

For more information on Chef Domenica Catelli or her book, "Mom-a-licious," visit: mom-a-licious.com

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Recipe: Momalicious Frittata
Serves 4-6

This simple recipe can be doubled (or tripled) to fill a large baking dish to serve for a group breakfast. Make it your own by using your favorite cheese, veggies, an/ or bacon and sausage.

Ingredients:

  • 6 free range eggs
  • 1/2 cup organic nonfat Greek yogurt (such as Oikos)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped herbs such as thyme, Italian parsley, chives or a mix
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese, such as sharp cheddar or pepper jack
  • 1/4 cup baby tomatoes, cut in half length wise
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Fresh pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees

1. Crack eggs into a large measuring cup or bowl.

2. Add the yogurt, herbs, cheese, thyme, salt and pepper and whisk together.

3. Oil a small baking dish (you can also use 4-6 small ramekins).

4. Pour in egg mix. Top with tomatoes.

5. Bake for 10 minutes if using a single serving size, 15 minutes if using a 5x7 baking dish.

6. Turn oven to broil and finish for 2-5 more minutes. Remove from oven when the eggs start to get a nice, golden color.

Recipe: Citrus Sesame Granola Parfait

You can substitute your favorite store-bought granola if you don't have any of the Momalicious granola in the pantry.

Per serving

  • 1/2 cup organic plain yogurt
  • Drizzle of agave nectar or honey
  • *lemon zest (optional)
  • 1/4 cup Citrus Sesame Granola from Momalicious* (or natural store-bought or bulk food granola)
  • 1/4 cup fresh berries
  • *fresh mint for garnish

Place the yogurt in a pretty glass or small bowl. Top with agave and zest. Layer with the granola and berries.

*Citrus and Sesame Granola

Ingredients

    Zest, 2 lemons
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (or ¼ cup maple and ¼ cup honey)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 cups organic rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whole flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 cup dried fruit

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Stir zest, juice, extra virgin olive oil, syrup, egg whites and vanilla together in a medium-sized bowl.

2. In a large bowl mix the oats, ½ of the nuts, ½ the sunflower seeds, all the sesame seeds and the coconut.

3. Stir in syrup mixture. Spread thinly on two cookie sheets covered in parchment paper or tinfoil for easy cleanup.

4. Bake for 15 minutes then stir granola on trays with a wooden spoon. Continue to bake for seven more minutes or until golden brown.

5. Remove and cool. Stir in remaining nuts, flaxseed, and dried fruit if using.

6. When completely cooled, store in airtight containers and enjoy for up to a month, or keep in freezer for up to six months.


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